Bakelite Button Bracelet

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Show and Tell - Share your treasures' started by lindapoirier, Dec 14, 2017.

  1. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest

    I own many books on bakelite and mostly, I will never be able to afford most things in these books unless I luck out at estate or thrift or garage.

    These however, from 'The Bakelite Jewelry Book' (Corinne Davison and Ginny Redington Dawes), I might be able to make from Bakelite buttons!!!

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    I am going to keep adding buttons to mine. As I find them. I can afford only $20 per button so I search high and low.

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  2. Metro Retro Vintage

    Metro Retro Vintage Trade Member

  3. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  4. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest

    My kitchen table. Yellow "ice cube" Formica. I had the hutch and when I had my new home party, one of my clients said she had the matching table. She gave it to me!

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    Those black chair cushion were given to me by my best friend. It took years to find chairs for them and one day after a yard sale they were in a pile of free stuff!

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  5. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  6. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest

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    I still have 6 more buttons coming to add! I had 2 pairs of cherry easrrings so I turn a pair into buttons by adding eyes instead of earring screws.
     
  7. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest

    I have three more buttons to arrive. I found nine buttons left too much bracelet showing. 3 more should be perfect, fruits and vegetables sprouting from my wrist!!

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  8. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest

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    As one of eleven children who grew up on a farm it wasn't outrageous for a 10 year old girl to scrub the kitchen floor with a rag and a bucket of bleach suds without gloves. My hands always shock me when I see them in photos.
     
  9. amandainvermont

    amandainvermont Trade Member

    Wow. I want a tour of your house and would like to see ALL your collections!
     
  10. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest

    Hahaha! My best friend is always telling me that he waits until I take on another interest. He loves to see my passion.

    Mostly, I would love to have a Philadelphia Bakelite bracelet BUT I know I will never be able to afford one unless I find one at a sale. So, this is the next best thing for me.

    I am lucky to be a farmer's daughter who's father happen to be a carpenter, so there is nothing I am ever afraid to attempt.

    I reparged my foundation last summer. No one else but me working a few hours every day. That grey wood lined up is from our barn on the farm where I grew up!

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    I literally had to rebuild the corner with cement and forms.

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    I painted the foundation white!

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    I bought the metal pergola ( on sale ) at Lowe's. I wanted chartreuse and coral for the deck. It took twice as long to build then stated because I was alone ( it didn't occur to me that I would need help). Eventually, I put the sides together on the ground and raised them from there. I left a review at Lowe's because so many people were "dis"ing it. I said that one woman did it by herself and that life is WHAT YOU MAKE IT!!!!

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    I got this screen at a yard sale for $20. It had padded fabric on one side and was burgundy. I cleaned it up and bought that great green paint!

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    Edit. I thought, "How difficult could it be to parge?" It was INCREDIBLY difficult. Oh well, live and learn.

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    With vintage in mind, those are Russell Woodard spun aluminum chairs ( $20 ) and a Redwood picnic table with benches ($5 ). Yes, I painted it!
     
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  11. Midge

    Midge Trade Member

    You are fabulous - honestly! That deck looks fantastic, and so does your bakelite button bracelet. I wish I had more time to do things, it's not that I lack ideas...
     
  12. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  13. amandainvermont

    amandainvermont Trade Member

    I was wondering about "parging" as well! "How difficult could it be to parge?" Beats me! It all looks difficult to me!
     
  14. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest

    It isn't something I suspect a lot of people know how or try to do. When I was doing it I spoke to a couple of contractors about it and I always told them what I told you. "I didn't think it would be difficult." To which, they all added, "Linda it ain't easy." Or some variation of that line. I think I impressed them with those same photos. The test, however, will be seeing how my job weathers winter and all the elements to follow.

    Anyhow, I am wearing my unfinished bracelet tonight. With this wicker necklace. I got it about 8 years ago. I always thought it to be modern but I am curious what your opinions are on it's age?

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  15. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest

    Finally finished. I found a 10K bracelet in my gold stash so I realigned everything.

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    Reassembled.

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    Added that Czech Republic (modern) glass fly on a lobster clasp(so I can move it about). Who's never seen a fly about fruits snd vegetables?!

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  16. Midge

    Midge Trade Member

  17. lindapoirier

    lindapoirier Registered Guest

    Thanks. I am very happy about the results.

    Something I have been thinking about is that I have never seen a piece of vintage clothing with these types of buttons. So, has anyone else ever seen a garment with these buttons? Any photos of any?
     
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  18. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  19. northstarvintage

    northstarvintage Administrator Staff Member

    Oh Lord - I wish I had known about this earlier! I had a bunch of those buttons that I sold at Brimfield this summer.
     
  20. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

    Linda,

    WOW on everything. I am impressed with your hard work and design ideas. :clapping:

    The bug looks like it might be a cicada, and not a fly. Pretty cool.
     

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